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13704 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, USA
Kaiju, which means “sea monster” in Japanese, is helmed by former Koi chefs Go Nakabayashi and Mark Hayashi. The intimate restaurant is committed to using the highest quality of fish, and offers traditional sushi fare, innovative fusion, and...
11616 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
Enjoy authentic Mexican street food—and one of the only Mezcalerias in the city—while sitting in an open-air space decorated with artifacts from south of the border. Cocina Condesa Executive Chef M. Elena Vega grew up in the seaside town of Tuxpan...
11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
Michelin-starred chef Paul Shoemaker has definitely raised the bar of Valley dining after moving into this dimly lit alfresco enclave (previously known mainly as a place for drinking too many margaritas on the patio). Now you can sample his...
3315 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
Celebrated chef and event producer Gary Arabia (who invented those “body sushi” parties) opened GC Marketplace in the heart of the Cahuenga Pass, near Universal Studios. With all food made in-house, the marketplace offers a series of vignettes...
11334 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91602, USA
Top Chef contestant CJ Jacobson came to the Valley after a stint a few years ago at Copenhagen's Noma with chef Rene Redzepi. Jacobson quickly became known for his innovation, using seasonal flowers, plants, and interesting herbs in his cuisine,...
441 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
As founder of Known Gallery and The Seventh Letter, Casey Zoltan is a driving force in the LA street art scene. He has exhibited top graffiti/street artists such as Retna, RISK, Push and my personal favorite, Reyes (whose unrestrained compositions...
1116 Palms Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
If you find some extra time when in Venice, go east of Lincoln on Palm Blvd, and check out the Mosaic Tile House - you cannot miss it. An adorable artistic couple started a tiny project that turned into their lives work, and entire stucco home,...
6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
The Baldwin Hills Overlook affords some of the most unusual views in Los Angeles. From 511 feet high, not only can you see the entire L.A. basin with the downtown skyline, Hollywood sign, Santa Monica Mountains, and Pacific Ocean, but you get the...
1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA
In the 1930s, there was a Nazi outpost in the canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains. It was intended as a refuge for Nazis awaiting the fall of the US to Hitler. Instead, the ranch was raided by US authorities in the early 1940s. Now there are a...
Echo Mountain, California 91001, USA
Echo Mountain has a great deal to offer, from the switchback trail, which will give you a great workout on your way up the mountain (start early to avoid the blistering afternoon sun), to the views—on a clear day you can look out over Pasadena, ...
Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA, USA
In Los Angeles, the cliché is that people drive one block to get a soda. But there are lots of staircases hidden in the hills of L.A. In Silver Lake, I like a two-and-a-half mile loop of stairs known as the Music Box. Parts remind me of...
510 Los Liones Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA
I have been walking, running, meditating, laughing, and training for a marathon along this trail for years. A perfect balance of inclines and flatness with ocean views to captivate your soul even when you are begging to get down the mountain all...
10700 Escondido Canyon Rd, Agua Dulce, CA 91350, USA
If you are ever driving on Highway 14 from Los Angeles to the Antelope Valley, don't forget to stop by this park and check out these amazing rock formations. If they look familiar, they have been in many sci-fi movies.
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
The Santa Monica Pier embodies what Southern California is all about: fun in the sun. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this iconic boardwalk adjacent to the Pacific Ocean—filled with all the amusement rides, midway games, fried food,...
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